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Italian Wine

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from red, white and sparkling wine. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.

Italian Wine Regions

Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.

Italian Grape Varieties

Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.

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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico (375ML) 2006 Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico (375ML) 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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    • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
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      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Felsina Fontalloro (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
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      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Gilt LES CRETES LES ABEILLES 2006 Front Label
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        • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
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          • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
            Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa (375ML half-bottle) 2006
            Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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          • Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
            Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
            Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2006
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Fratelli Revello Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
              Fratelli Revello Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2006
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
              Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2006
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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